Category Archives: Obscurier Couturiers

Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Sassy Jane Manufacturing Co.

The Sassy Jane Manufacturing Company was incorporated on March 22, 1917 by Missouri-born June Rand – a seamstress who had moved to California. She started the company in Los Angeles making gingham aprons, and with that endeavour becoming successful she … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Potbelly Boutique (c. 1965 – 1978)

Le Hibou (The Owl) was Ottawa’s first coffee house, founded in 1960 by Denis Faulkner, a student from the University of Ottawa who wanted a place where young Ottawans could meet, listen to music, play chess, and drink coffee. The club … Continue reading

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Fashion hall of Obscurity – Jack Herzog

Born in 1898, Jack Herzog leant his name to his family’s business that began as a series of smaller New York manufacturing firms run by Jack and his brothers that amalgamated in 1921, likely to weather the recession that occurred … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Victor Haffenden

A few months ago the museum was given a sleeveless, scoop-necked, full length white cotton lace dress with a blue cummerbund sash, worn in 1955 as a wedding dress. It didn’t look particularly ‘bridal’, but the donor, who had also … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity AND Canadian Fashion Connection – Jacqueline Familiant

Jacqueline Familiant opened an eponymously named boutique in old Montreal in November 1966. Like many Montrealers, she was anticipating the upcoming World Expo of 1967 which transformed the city into a cosmopolitan centre of busy street cafes, chic discotheques, and … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Edgar C. Hyman – Echo Scarves

After working for two veiling companies, Edgar C. Hyman started his own company in New York around the same time he married his wife Theresa in September, 1923. Inspired by his monogram, he called his company Echo, and produced print … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Georgette Orski

This milliner really is obscure because I have never heard of her and everyone I have asked has never heard of her either. The information I found about her was from a newspaper article in the Globe and Mail dated March 27, 1969 that … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Jacob Horwitz

Born in London, UK, 1 January 1892, Jacob Horwitz immigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was a child. After graduating in 1910 he opened a grocery with a friend in Manhattan. As a member of the National … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Keneth Hopkins – Hollywood milliner

There is little information to be found about Keneth (aka Kenneth) Hopkins, but for a few years in the mid-late 1940s when he was one of Hollywood’s top milliners – on and off screen. Hopkins was born Feb 27, 1912 … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Serena Schaffer

In a 2013 New York Times article about New York caterer/ Chelsea Hotel club owner/aunt of Minnie Driver/Anna Wintour’s first husband’s first wife, Serena Bass, there is a reference to how Bass ran a London boutique in the early 1970s. I have … Continue reading

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